Engineering Plastics SABIC's Innovative Plastics Flyte Flyte is an amalgamation of a nature-inspired design concept and innovative use of engineering materials to create LED light in an elegant form of butterfly. The product is an example of how a PC diffused material can be used to diffuse light as well as conduct light. The use of plastic allows the product to be made in as many colors and with as many textures as the human mind can imagine. The product uses a stamped aluminum insert, injection molded with thermally conductive plastic. The stamped aluminum insert at the back rapidly absorbs the heat generated from the LED junction, and the conductive plastic material efficiently dissipates the heat to the surroundings, thus ensuring that life and performance of the LED are not hampered by the heat. Sabic LEXAN Resin 2614 is used in making of Flyte diffuser, giving it the highest percentage of light transmission, thus ensuring minimum loss of light. Innovative design of the diffuser uses the light conductive property of the material to conduct light through the veins of the butterfly, making flyte an eye catching product. The wings of the butterfly are made of Konduit PX08321 to ensure heat maximum dissipation and allowing the use of vibrant colors. Flyte is used on study tables, through USB port of a device or at beside giving Flyte flexibility in terms of utility. Light output of 500-1,000 LUX ensures that the user receives just the right amount of light for reading. This is made possible by diffusing the light to the right level by using the right materials.
Right off the bat we again see the importance of 3D printing with the very first finalist -- Objet 3D Pro. Wherever you go these days, discussions seem to turn to 3D printing, not only for 3D prototypes, but for parts that get used in test and even in production.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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